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White Pigeon firemen receive Hero’s Award

Four members of the White Pigeon Fire Department were honored over the weekend by the Michigan State Fireman’s Association at a banquet in Lapeer. Receiving the Hero’s Award during the Saturday event were Chief Troy Andrews, Lt. Jeff Wagaman, Firefighter Thomas Law and Fire Cadet Merlin Zehr. The four were honored for their life-saving skills that rescued a man who …

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Sturgis twins receive National Merit scholarships

National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners. Among the recipients are Ethan and Jesse Pattison of Sturgis High School. They are the sons of St. Joseph County District Court Judge Rob Pattison. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. …

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Update – St. Joseph River flood at Three Rivers

A flood warning continues for the St. Joseph River in Three Rivers, according to the National Weather Service. At 9pm Sunday, the river level was 8.1 feet and falling. Flood stage for the section of the St. Joseph River in Three Rivers is 7 feet. According to the forecast, the river will fall below the 7-foot flood stage on Thursday, …

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Investigation continues in fatal motorcycle crash

Law-enforcement officials said they are still waiting for results of a toxicology report for further clues into a fatal accident earlier this month. St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the results will determine whether the driver of a car that caused the accident at U.S. 131 and Broadway Street had suffered a medical incident resulting in her vehicle colliding …

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Local lakes under no-wake policy

Boaters on area lakes are being asked to exercise a no-wake policy through Wednesday next week. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department made the request in light of the heavy rainfall the area has received in the past week. A department media release indicated lake, stream and river levels are excessively high, making activities such as fishing and boating more …

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Two bridge projects set to begin

One of two bridge projects on M-66 in St. Joseph County will start next week. The Michigan Department of Transportation said work on the bridge over the St. Joseph River, the dividing line between Mendon and Leonidas townships, will start Monday. Construction includes epoxy overlay, deck patching, joint replacement, substructure repairs, cleaning and coating of structural steel, and guardrail replacement. …

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Local students earn scholarships

Midwest Energy & Communications recently announced winners of its 2018 high school scholarships. Four local students, whose parents are MEC members or customers, earned $1,000 toward their post-secondary education after submitting a video essay answering the question, “What is your super power?” Winners were selected based on their video submission as well as academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and …

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White Pigeon community move-out date delayed

Monday was supposed to be the move-out date for the remaining inhabitants at a White Pigeon Township mobile home community. But, residents in the 10 remaining occupied units were given a minor reprieve, as White Pigeon Township Supervisor Don Gloy said St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeff Middleton revised the move-out date to May 21. Ronda Loss, a resident …

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County commission approves seeking state flood assistance

A resolution to seek up to $100,000 in state money for February’s floods was approved by county commissioners Tuesday. Emergency Services and Homeland Security coordinator TJ Baker told commissioners the road commission experienced damaged roads and culverts as a result of the excessive rainfall, which hit Three Rivers and Colon particularly hard. He said the road commission documented the culverts …

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ATV stolen in White Pigeon

A Polaris four-wheel ATV was stolen this week from a location in White Pigeon Township. State police said the incident occurred between 5 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday in the 69000 block of Kalamazoo Street. The four-wheeler is tan and brown in color, with camouflage tape covering the fuel tank. It also has a winch on the front, with …

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